Mixology : The Art of Making Cocktails!
If you like sipping on cocktails so much, then there’s absolutely no excuse why you shouldn’t be making cocktails at home right now. If the endless series of lockdowns in your area have been ruining your fix while intensifying your cocktail cravings, sit back and keep scrolling to learn the basics of mixology that you must learn and get your hands on right now.
Mixology: An Art And A Skill
You know how baking, over time, has earned the reputation of being a science rather than an art like cooking is? Well, there’s even more controversy around mixology. One thing is for sure though, it covers the entire process -- from concept to mixing and serving -- that mixing cocktails entails.
So, is your bartender a mixologist? A bartender mixing cocktails could also be a mixologist but not necessarily. Mixing drinks takes some specialisation. After all, those who make cocktails either for a living or for sheer fun know that they’re blending a whole lot of chemicals and substances that eventually dictate the distinct taste of what becomes of your cocktail.
To become your own mixologist, therefore, take these basic tips and tricks to heart:
Tip No. 1: Use your imagination.
Why, you ask, when you can probably find every possible cocktail recipe online very easily? The answer is simple. What becomes of your glass of cocktail starts in your head. If you can perceive how you want it to taste and envision how all of the ingredients you have will come together then, you can make it happen.
Tip No. 2: Learn the tricks of the trade.
First of all, you have to know your spirits, mixers, herbs, and other key ingredients mixologists use regularly to create heavenly cocktails. If you have to, taste each ingredient you have on hand individually so you can judge how each one tastes and get a better idea of how it should taste. If you’re planning to create a classic cocktail then you must at least have a real-world experience of how it is supposed to taste like.
Know which spirit base goes with specific cocktails or ingredients. This is where your Google skills can come in handy.
Tip No. 3: Learn the language.
Educate yourself about some of the key terms used when mixing drinks. Here are some of them:
- Muddle. This means squeezing out the flavour, most commonly from herbs, by pounding or pressing with a spoon.
- Blending. If you have a blender, then your home cocktail possibilities just tripled. The term simply means combining ingredients together then blending.
- Straining. This is usually done after blending or mixing, and while emptying the contents of a blender or a cocktail mixer into a clear glass so that none of the solid ingredients make it to the glass.
- Flaming. If you like flaming hot cocktails, you must learn how to set alcoholic drinks such as absinthe, amaretto, gin, or rum, to name a few, on top of your cocktail so as to light it up.
- Layering. This technique is more appropriate for more advanced cocktail mixing. It requires familiarity with the density of liquid ingredients in such a way that one will rest on top of another.
If you’re dead serious about becoming a pro, you also need to invest in the right tools, starting with a blender and a cocktail shaker. To add oomph to your creation, learn simple cocktail garnish ideas too.
What is mixology?
Some take mixology as an art. Others identify it more as a skill. In bar mixing reality, it is both the art and skill (and Science), of mixing cocktail drinks.
What are the most popular cocktails right now?
Summer calls for refreshing cocktails. That’s why the world gets crazy over coconut-tasting pina coladas, tropical fruit-laden sangrias, and citrusy Margaritas. If you like your coffee with a tipple, you can also try Espresso Martini.